As I was reading this thread here , in which a poster talks about being mystified by how a pump-action shotgun, I realised we hadn’t had a decent shotgun discussion thread in a while.
My main firearms interest is British & Commonwealth military firearms (as I’m sure many of you have already figured out!), but I’m also quite fond of shotguns as well- I do a reasonable amount of Fox and Hare hunting, and a 12-gauge is excellent for this.
In fact, several months ago I did something completely unheard of for me… I bought a brand new, in the box, firearm. :eek:
Lest you panic and think I’ve gone over to the Dark Side and purchased a Remington 700 or something equally pedestrian ;), I shall reassure you by letting you know that the new gun I purchased was, in fact, a modern reproduction of the Winchester Model 1887 12-gauge lever-action shotgun.
It’s had a few teething problems- it wasn’t ejecting the spent shells properly at first, and would often feed the fired shell back into the chamber instead of ejecting it- but I had the gunsmith look at it and now it ejects and cycles very nicely indeed. All in all, I’m very happy with it, and I’ve had a lot of fun with it at the clay target range! I haven’t had a chance to take it out hunting yet, but everyone I know who has been hunting with one says they’re excellent for bunnies, hares, and foxes, so I’m looking forward to using it in the field.
I know there’s a few other shotgun shooters here on the boards; come in, join us, and tell us all about your shotgun(s)!